Is Anyone Familiar with the Japanese Children’s Song called “Aka Tombo” or “Red Dragonfly”?

Priscilla wrote…

Hi, Lisa-

Love your website, especially the Japanese Children’s songs. Wondering if you could include the lyrics, melody, and sheet music for “Aka Tombo” Red Dragon Fly. Thank you,

Priscilla

If anyone can help with this song, please comment below or email me.

Thanks!

Lisa

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5 Responses to “Is Anyone Familiar with the Japanese Children’s Song called “Aka Tombo” or “Red Dragonfly”?”

  1. DevonT Says:

    Here’s a page that has the sheet music, lyrics, and some links to the melody

    Here’s an English translation

    There is a great version of the song on the Putumayo Kids “Asian Dreamland” CD

    You can also download the song (for $.99).

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for all the info Devon!

  3. Monique Says:

    This song in under copyright as the author of the lyrics, a famous poet, Miki Rofu (1889-1964) hasn’t been dead for more than 70 years. Many sites have been requested to take it off (it’s mentioned when you visit them).

  4. Lisa Says:

    Judy wrote:

    Lisa, there are singers on U-Tube. Just type in Aka Tonbo – search. You’ll hear beautiful songs and it’s even translated into English by an American singer (I think his name is Erwin – last name.) Also go to Google.

    Judy

  5. Sara Says:

    I found the Japanese lyrics, romaji lyrics, and a great YouTube video that provides a great English translation of the lyrics!!

    Here’s the link to the video –>>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGfxhvU9YfE

    -AKATONBO_

    Kanji lyrics:

    夕焼、小焼の、
    あかとんぼ、
    負われて見たのは
    いつの日か。
    山の畑の、
    桑の実を、
    小籠(こかご)に、つんだは、
    まぼろしか。
    十五で、姐(ねえ)やは、
    嫁にゆき、
    お里の、たよりも、
    たえはてた。
    夕やけ、小やけの、
    赤とんぼ。
    とまっているよ、
    竿の先。

    Romaji lyrics:

    Yūyake koyakeno akatonbo

    Owarete mitanowa itsunohika

    Yamano hatakeno kuwanomiwo

    Kokagoni tsundawa maboroshika

    Jyūgode nēyawa yomeni yuki

    Osatono tayorimo taehateta

    Yūyake koyakeno akatonbo

    Tomatteiruyo saonosaki

    English lyrics, translation by Japanese Folk Songs (YouTube channel) :

    Red dragonflies are flying in the sunset glow.

    I wonder when it was I saw them on someone’s back.

    We picked mulberries in the mountain field,

    and put them in a small basket, but I wonder if it was an illusion.

    The nursemaid who took care of me married and left when she was fifteen,

    and after that no news about her arrived from her hometown.

    Red dragonflies are flying in the sunset glow.

    One of them is now resting at the end of a pole.

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